OK, I'm way late to the party, I know. Not being a huge TV or movie viewer, I was basically shamed into watching the six seasons of DA, just to be conversant at picnics this summer. It's the least I can do as I usually enjoy PBS and British entertainment.
So, here are a few tips we can take from our friends that live and work in the Abbey about health and fitness:
1. They took the stairs. OK, the "lift" wasn't invented then, but those folks had lots and lots of stairs to contend with, even the upper crust! And, if you view the staff's day, boy! those folks were on the run all day- no need for a Fit Bit for them!
2. They ate small portions. Did you notice that when served, the portions were small? Served with dainty utensils, placed carefully on petite dinnerware, not shoveled onto huge plates like we see today. Remember what the cooks taught you- you eat first with your eyes.
3. They enjoyed a cocktail -in moderation. Again, the vessels for wine and cordials were elegant and modest. No supersized drinks for them!
4. They appreciated the outdoors. Between hunts, horseback riding and taking a stroll on the expansive estate, those folks got their vitamin D without a pill, and benefitted from exercise as well.
5. They had a ritual preparing for a restful slumber. OK, you probably don't have a ladies maid or butler to help draw your bath, or dress you in glorious sleeping garments, but the time they took at the Abbey to prepare for a rejuvenating night's sleep is envious.
There you have it, a few things aristocrats from 1912-1925 can teach us about staying healthy and fit without many of the advances we take for granted today.
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